April 16th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
Inspired by the music of Girl Talk and the lawsuits being thrown at the artist, filmmaker Brett Gaylor created RIP: A Remix Manifesto, a documentary that examines what remix culture is and why the challenges that face it threaten not just a couple mash-up artists, but the very future of art itself. In the film, Gaylor travels around the world, explaining how mash-ups are created to the older generation, talking to elderly hippies who pissed off Disney big time back in the day when they took hilarious liberties with Mickey Mouse’s image, and Brazilian musicians whose culture has already embraced the free-for-all of ideas and creativity that Gaylor advocates. The resulting film is at once visually arresting, hip, humorous, and intelligent, arguing that the issues facing remix culture are deep rooted into the way our corporate-controlled societies work. To practice that which he preaches, Gaylor has even posted the film in downloadable clips online, which he invites fans to remix and remodel as they see fit, to create their own versions of the film.